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Aging White-Tailed Deer on the Hoof - Part II
by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson

Last week we discussed the scientific approach of aging of deer on the hoof. This week we focus on characteristics that will help you age deer in the field. 

The Best Characteristics For Aging Deer On The Hoof Are…
Results of statistical tests indicated that the single best antler characteristic to use for aging bucks on the hoof was gross B&C score.  Overall antler size is the best method for aging live bucks, contrary to what I was mistakenly told when I first moved to Texas.  Accurate field…
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Sainfoin: Is a “new” forage crop for deer on the horizon?
by Jason Snavely

As a private wildlife consultant I’ve always felt that my true value to clients resides in my ability to serve as a resource on all…

NATURAL MORTALITY
by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson

High Natural Mortality
Is killing all spikes that bad, even if it represents an average of 40 percent, and as much as 63 percent…



High Fences: Compliment or Curse? - Part II
by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson

In the Part I, I discussed the advantages and disadvantages of high fencing your property for management purposes. In Part II, I will examine…



El Tecomate Ranch - Part II
by David Morris

In my previous article, I talked about Gary Schwarz

In time, he came up with several options that could answer the call and finally…



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Age and Aging

Most folks know biologists can age deer after the harvest by examining the lower jaw for tooth wear and replacement. But, many hunters don’t realize that they also need to be able to age deer – and not just dead ones, but live ones in the field! You see, aging before pulling the trigger is critical to making good harvest decisions.

While aging harvested or live deer takes practice, managers and hunters alike need to learn to how. As…
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